Top 10 Binaural Recordings / Auditory Illusions [Must Listen]

Previously we shared a small article about what binaural recordings also known as auditory sound illusions which explained what is binaural recording with a well known example virtual barbershop. This time we would like to share this fantastic list of top 10 binaural recordings of all time. All you need is the flash player installed in your broswer and a stereo headphone. Click on the play button to start playing and click on the respective download link to download that binaural recording in MP3 format.

Binaural Recordings

Matchbox Rattle

Download Matchbox Rattle

Virtual Barbershop

Download Virtual Barbershop

Phantom Words

Download Phantom Words

Tritone Paradox

Download Tritone Paradox

Quickening Beat

Download Quickening Beat

Falling Bells

Download Falling Bells

Shepherds Ascending Tones

Download Shepherds Ascending Tones

Phantom Melodies

Download Phantom Melodies

Scale Illusion

Download Scale Illusion

Bonus Sound for under 20s Only

Download Bonus Sound

Please do share which one is the most interesting. Also if you have any other binaural recording worth sharing please provide us with its link so that we may add it to this list. [via Listverse]

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  • mia

    file not found WTF

  • Karman

    “404-File not found”Please fix this problem, i would love to hear it and download it.

  • Ryan

    file not found

  • Troy

    file not found… :( can you fix the links please…

  • timmy

    i found the matchbox rattle the most interesting as a sat and listened it felt like the person was actually around me

  • Isaac Walters

    weird. just played phantom melodies, quickening beat, falling bells, and shepherd’s ascending tones all at once.

  • The Prufessa

    Jawbone JAMBOX just updated their software so that it can play binaural recordings. It totally justified the $200 price tag it has, as if it wasn’t already justified! I was up to 3:00 am playing with this website and some youtube videos that utilizes binaural recordings. The name for the JAMBOX software is called LiveAudio and it works perfectly. The virtual barbershop sounds just like it does with headphones on. I could not believe it!!! Now they’re working with record companies to get them to record more of their music in binaural format so that we can enjoy it on our JAMBOX!!!

  • Henrique

    Muito legal mesmo, eu ja tinha ouvido o barbershop, muito loco. Tem algum outro super legal igual o barbershop? minha net é um poco lenta e n vo baixar todos.

    I’ll sabe wolverine’s some time and translate:

    Really cool, i had heard barbershop and thoght it awesome. Is there any other cool sound like barbershop? I’ve gotta a slow internet and i wont download them all.

    Corrige ai se tive algum erro pfv =p

  • raphael

    all the links are down. Fix please!

  • Samuel

    What’s up with the under 20’s one??

    • Cornhoolio

      Most people under the age of about 25 can not hear the sound because it is so high piched. I tried it. It was just a joke, just like screamer videos. I’m 15 so i can hear it by the way.

  • Michelle Bertotti


  • Pedro Evandro

    Muito interessante.

    Wolverine, traduza por favor!

    • Wolverine

      Hahaha! Obrigado Pedro Evandro =)

      Translation: Very interesting.

      Wolverine, translate please!

  • Henrique

    Muito legal, fico a imaginar se estivesse um áudio de terror aqui, seria muito massa

    • Wolverine

      Translation: “Very cool, I’m wondering if a sound of terror here, it would be really cool”

  • @thatsssMad

    Really really cool guys…loved it !

  • Edson Costa

    O corte de cabelo em 3D é muito divertido. A imersão é total. E o sussurro do barbeiro no ouvido, então? huahuá…

    Efeito muito bom. Imagine só assistindo um filme de terror com esse som 3D, vai ser difícil aguentar a tensão!

    • Wolverine


      The haircut is great fun in 3D. The immersion is total. And the barber whispers in the ear, then? Huahua …
      Very good effect. Imagine watching a horror movie with this 3D sound, it will be difficult to bear the tension!

  • Ze do Caixao

    Just the first two sounds are interesting, the others are boring.

  • Dinho

    muito massa! Principalmente o do barbeiro.

    • Wolverine

      Translated “really cool! Mainly Barber…”

  • geovana

    Nossa.. muito interessante esses sons adorei!!

    • Wolverine

      Translated: I loved these sounds very interesting!

  • eduardo

    oh gosh I cant hear the under 20s and Im a producer, how bad is that?

    • under_30s

      Try to download mp3 sample and turn up the volume. It’s 18kHz sine wave (barely audible) – play-pause-play should help to catch it. At the moment i can “hear” the similar freq sounds in my head, so it’s not helping but can hear that 18kHz anyway.

  • Zach

    Don’t get discouraged about the under 20 one. I am 29 with hearing loss in my family and tinnitus of my own but I can hear the horrible shreak if I turn up the volume on my rather hi-fi stereo.

    If you have crumby speakers you would likely not hear it if you were 10.


    • ryan

      soon to be 25, hear the terrible tone no prob.

  • Brian

    I really love the barbershop one. I always thought the whole binaural thing was for meditation and relaxation and the such. I’d love to find more like the barbershop. that was funny and really really impressive. I twitched when the electric razor was by each ear! haha

    • Alex

      If you’re looking for more binaural audio recordings, check out

      We’re a mobile recording studio based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, specializing in live binaural audio. We’ve got some great audio and video demos up there, both that we’ve done and some other favourites that aren’t posted here.

  • ida